From September 14 to 18, the 2020 China Electric Bus Performance Assessment Competition (EB-PAC 2020) took place for the third time in the Chinese city of Chongqing. During the four days-long EB-PAC, which was guided by the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China (MoT), 24 electric buses from 14 Chinese manufacturers competed in three categories (a: 8-9m length, b: 10-11m length, c: 11-12m length) with each other on the test track in order to showcase their latest cutting-edge technology and real-world performance. Key indicators for the performance assessment were energy efficiency, range, acceleration, dynamics and safety among others. This year’s winners of the EB-PAC were the Chinese electric bus manufacturers Jinglong, Yutong, and Ankai. Along with the EB-PAC, the 1st China Autonomous Bus Challenge (CAB-C) took place, where seven Level 4 automated buses and pods competed with each other to test sensor and driving and safety performance in a simulated real-world environment.
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The Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) project contributed to the workshop with keynote speeches on experiences with bus electrification as key to decarbonizing transport in Europe and Germany and used the chance of having the experts at the event to hold an interim workshop to the study on electric bus system optimization in China.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the CLCT project aims at strengthening the cooperation between the BMU and the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MoT) in the field of climate protection in the transport sector. The overall aim of the project, which is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is to provide Chinese policy makers and relevant governmental authorities with effective and efficient implementation strategies to further develop a low carbon transport sector in China. A key objective of the CLCT project is to facilitate the mutual exchange between German and Chinese stakeholders on the future of sustainable public transport and support the Chinese partners with technical cooperation and capacity development on effective policymaking and pilot implementation. A vital component of the CLCT project is the promotion of low carbon bus operation.
The study, which was commissioned by the CLCT project to the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS), analyzes the current status quo and challenges in the electric bus system in Chinese cities from procurement to operation, maintenance, infrastructure planning, and vehicle and battery decommission. The study will provide policy makers, bus operators, and manufacturers with guidelines of how to systematically optimize e-bus systems in order to increase system efficiency and thus reinforce the role of electric buses as critical components of low carbon transport in Chinese cities. The study results will also be meaningful for stakeholders and partners around the globe, as many countries and cities now start to electrify vehicle fleets to decarbonize transport.
The study will be completed in the first quarter of 2021. If you are interested in knowing more about the aims and the progress of the research, please feel free to get in touch with us by contacting Ms. Chenzi Yiyang (email@example.com), advisor in the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport project.